Practiced prison break

Sweat tells police that he and Matt conducted a practice run of their prison break the night before they disappeared. The night before they broke out, Sweat and Matt went through the tunnels and popped their heads up at a manhole, but decided it wasn’t isolated enough, so they decided to escape from a different manhole instead. […]

C-130 crash, 89 killed

Military personnel and their family members, civilians and some students are among the passengers on-board a C-130 Hercules plane that departs from Soewondo Air Force Base in Medan, Indonesia, and crashes into a busy road five miles into the flight, near a residential neighborhood. 86 bodies have been recovered from the crash site. The plane took off with 122 […]

Flight diverted

A flight to Boston from Denver is diverted because a man refuses to stop smoking in the lavatory. The flight returns after about a half hour of flying. The man is taken to a hospital for detoxification, and the flight cancelled because the crew would have exceeded the maximum allowable flight hours if they took off […]

Adopts strict vaccine law

Brown signs a California bill to strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations, a move that requires nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. The bill takes effect next year. The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, […]

Takes majority ownership

The NBA approves Jordan’s bid of $275 million to buy the Bobcats from majority owner Johnson.  Jordan will assume about $150 million in debt in the deal. He becomes the second black majority owner of a major pro sports team. Purchasing the Bobcats is the culmination of my post-playing career goal of becoming a majority owner of […]


Rockwell plays Eric Bowen, a father who has just been fired from his job, in this horror remake directed by Gil Kenan based on the book by James Kahn. When the family move into a new house, they find out that the house hides a deep secret, and they must come together to rescue their youngest daughter when apparitions take her […]

Why I Quit Genesis

Gabriel writes why he left the band in Melody Maker: I had a dream, eye’s dream. Then I had another dream with the body and soul of a rock star. When it didn’t feel good I packed it in. Looking back for the musical and non-musical reasons, this is what I came up with: OUT, […]

Zuma, Madiba marry

Zuma marries Thobeka Madiba, at a homestead in rural KwaZulu-Natal province. They were meant to marry in 2008 but the wedding was delayed due to Zuma’s government responsibilities. The ceremony includes a hourlong traditional Zulu wedding dance. Madiba performs a solo dance while holding a spear and a shield to symbolize her acceptance of her new husband. Zuma, wearing […]

Zuma, Khumalo marry

Zuma marries Khumalo soon after his release from prison. Childhood sweethearts, he has known her since 1959

Receives Nelson Mandela Award

Zuma receives the Nelson Mandela Award for Outstanding Leadership for his role in ending political violence in KwaZulu-Natal, in Washington DC in the USA.

Gabriel’s departure becomes public

The Melody Maker reports that Gabriel has left the band. Collins: We were not stunned by Pete’s departure, because we had known about it for quite a while. We are going to carry on and we’ve been rehearsing for three weeks for the new album. It was Peter’s decision and I can only emphasise that […]

After the flag, calls for more changes

Jackson applauds efforts to remove the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina Statehouse grounds, but says healthcare, education, voting laws and the prison system are areas that should be reviewed. There is a mood shift in the country, and we must seize upon the positiveness of that mood shift. I think some people who had one […]

Trick of the Tail

The band release the single Trick of the Tail, their first single featuring Collins, and the first to have an accompanying video. Banks wrote the majority of the song in 1972 and it was originally intended for Foxtrot. The lyrics are inspired by the book The Inheritors by William Golding. The video features the band playing around […]

Environmentalists rally to support Pope

Hundreds of environmentalists gather in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to show support for Pope Francis’ support of environmental issues. Organized by a variety of faith leaders, including a rabbi from New Jersey, USA, the marchers wave green paper leaves to show support for the latest papal encyclical, Laudato Si.

Free marijuana giveaway

To get around Oregon’s marijuana law’s timing – from July 1st possession for recreational use will be legal, but it cannot be sold until fall of 2016 –  the state’s marijuana growers will give away as much as 7 grams plus cannabis seeds to over 21s with ID, at an event on June 30. NORML: While it becomes legal […]

Neighbors pay tribute to victims

Neighbors in the Henderson county town of Zirconia pay tribute to 31 year old John Fink and his nine-year-old son, James. According to Spartanburg County Coroner, Fink was driving the tanker truck that overturned and caught fire Saturday morning. Neighbors say Fink was a nice person and that his son was “a little man” with intellectual curiosity. Fink is survived […]

Mourned, elevated as goddess

Tama is mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at her funeral. In a portrait decorating the altar, Tama poses in a stationmaster’s hat and a dark blue cape. Sake, as well as watermelon, apples, cabbage and other fruits and vegetables are presented to the cat. Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanks […]

Three die in crash

A tractor-trailer, two SUVs, and a pickup truck are involved in an accident that kills three people. The Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office identifies the victims as 31-year-old John Daniel Fink, his 9-year-old son, James Landon Fink, and Donna Renee Bailey. The Fink’s are from Zirconia, North Carolina. Ms. Bailey lived in Marysville, Tennessee.

Investigators smuggle weapons in 95% of trials

A TSA internal investigation reveals security failures where investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives and weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. In one test by the TSA’s Red Team, an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device […]

Offers legal fees to Confederate flag remover

Moore uses his Twitter account to offer to pay Newsome’s bail money and legal fees. Friends of @BreeNewsome – I will pay her bail money or any legal fees she has. Please let her know this. #Charleston #TakeDownTheFlag — Michael Moore (@MMFlint) June 27, 2015

Upset over proposed reforms

NYC police are upset over several police reform measures City Council members plan to review, including bills that would force cops to get suspects’ consent for searches, imprison police for using chokeholds, and require cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number. Police Benevolent Association: These pieces of legislation have been proposed by individuals who […]

Google appeal on Oracle suit denied

The Court denies a Google appeal that sought to stop a billion-dollar Oracle lawsuit by seeking limits on software copyright protections. The justices decline to disturb an appeals court ruling in Oracle’s favor that reinvigorated the company’s case against Google. 37 packages of prewritten Java programs, known as application programming interfaces, are entitled to copyright […]

All lanes reopen

All lanes of I-26 in Spartanburg County (South Carolina) are open after crews work more than 36 hours to repair damage caused by a triple fatal traffic accident. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the SC Highway Patrol.

ISIS fight ‘is the struggle of our generation’

In the aftermath of the Tunisia attack, Cameron has stated that the fight against the Islamic State is “the struggle of our generation”. He elaborated on his perspective by stating that: I think that frankly, we are a target. They have declared war on us, they are attacking our people at home and overseas whether we like […]

France beheading, explosion

One person is beheaded and at least 12 injured in an explosion in what officials say was a terrorist attack at a gas factory in a small town in southeastern France. An Islamic State flag is found at the site of the attack. President Hollande: The terrorist nature of this act are without doubt. There is no doubt that the […]

Wants to reduce flag flown by fans

France reiterates the sport’s policy preventing the use of the flag in any official capacity: In all areas that NASCAR controls on a given race weekend, the flag has no presence,” France said. “We have been clear in support of this position throughout our industry and to those across the country who have called for the […]

Elected national chairperson

Zuma is elected National Chairperson of the ANC and Chairperson of the ANC in Natal. An exception is made in the ANC constitution to allow him to hold both positions. A move that is called The Zuma Clause.

10 year sentence for conspiracy

Zuma is convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the South African government and sentenced to ten year’s imprisonment, which he serves on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other notable ANC leaders. Whilst imprisoned, Zuma serves as a referee for prisoners’ association football games.


Zuma is arrested with 45 other members of Spear of the nation (Umkhonto we Sizwe) in Zeerus, North West Province, South Africa.

Invites Boston to run a 5K

Hart invites all of Boston to run a spontaneous 5K with him while in the area filming a movie. I figured because I’m in Boston I need to do like Boston does. Nobody runs like Boston does!

Sweat captured

Sweat is captured by law enforcement in Constable, N.Y. He is wounded during the capture.

National Congress Party formed

Bashir and Turabi form the National Congress Party, the only legally recognized political party in Sudan. The party has the same Islamist ideology as its predecessors National Islamic Front (NIF) and the Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation, which Bashir headed as Chairman until 1993. Turabi is appointed Secretary General.

Chris Squire dies age 67

Squire dies in Phoenix, Arizona, age 67,  from acute erythroid leukemia. The news is broken by Downes: Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire. #yes — Geoffrey Downes (@asiageoff) June 28, 2015 The band confirms the news in post on Facebook: It’s with […]

Rocket explodes after launch

A SpaceX rocket on a mission to resupply the International Space Station explodes two minutes and thirty seconds into its flight from Cape Canaveral Florida. The Falcon 9 is carrying about 5,000 pounds of cargo for the space station’s astronauts, including a docking port that would allow future crew missions to dock with the station more easily. The […]

U.S unsure attacks are linked

Although attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait are linked by timing, and a claim of responsibility by ISIS, the U.S. states it is too early to tell if they were directly organized and managed: If the assessment [finds] that the attacks were linked, officials [will] seek to determine whether the Islamic State had actively directed, coordinated or inspired them.

Tourists flee after attack

Thousands of vacationers flee Sousee, being shuttled from the city in buses without public announcements that might draw attention. Tourist: We were planning to stay for a week, but we’re cutting our trip short because we are scared.

Joins ANC

Heavily influenced by a trade unionist family member, Zuma becomes involved in politics at an early age and joins the African National Congress.

Jacob Zuma born in Nkandla, South Aftica

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is born to Gcinamazwi Zuma and Nobhekisisa Bessie in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. His father dies at the end of World War II, after which his mother takes up employment as a domestic worker in Durban. Owing to his deprived childhood, he does not receive any formal schooling. He spends his childhood moving between Zululand and the […]

Wins election

In the first elections – for president, parliament and other local positions – in 24 years, Bashir wins with 68.24 percent of the vote, just under seven million votes. The voting is scrutinized by about 750 international and 18,000 domestic observers.

ICC charges with war crimes

The ICC upholds the request of the chief prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, to charge Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity. Moreno-Campo claimed 35,000 violent deaths were caused by Bashir’s government arming, training, and financing bands of Arab nomads to attack villages across Darfur, killing, raping and looting as they went. The army provided air and ground support. […]

Dissolves parliament

After friction with Turabi over a bill he introduced to reduce the president’s powers, Bashir relieves him of the position of Secretary General, dissolves parliament and declares a three-month state of emergency, “to preserve the unity of the country and its coherence.” Bashir: There are dangers against the country from abroad and internal problems that will aggravate the country’s problems that will not […]

Wins election

Elections are held for a president and a new National Assembly from March 2-28, the first since the coup. 125 members of the 400-seat National Assembly are nominated before the election, leaving 275 seats to be elected (of which 51 were ultimately uncontested). There are  no political parties — all candidates ran as independents. Leaders of the Sudan’s main opposition parties, […]

Appointed president

Sudan announces return to civil rule and appoints Bashir as president. Before disbanding, the Council issues a decree specifying that Islamic law will be the basis of Sudan’s political system, but guaranteeing freedom of religion. The Council’s deputy leader says the move is necessary “to put a framework for the government.”

Stages coup

Bashir leads fellow officers in a mutiny against Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. The coup is also aimed at preventing the signing of a peace treaty with John Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Bashir opposed the plan, which would have allowed secular law, instead of Sharia, in the south. He says in a televised communique that […]

Graduates military college

Bashir graduates from the Sudanese Military College and obtains MA’s in Military Science from Malaysia and Sudan.

Joins Sudanese Army

Omar al-Bashir joins the Sudanese Armed Forces, and studies at the Egyptian military academy in Cairo.